August 24, 2009

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) supported the LSU College of Engineering's Coastal Engineering program, presenting a check to the LSU Foundation for $20,000 in support of the program.LSU's Coastal Engineering program in the Department of Civil Engineering at was created to supply new coastal scientists/engineers that Louisiana will need to care for the coastline.

Over the last few years, there has been a heavier focus placed on the increased risks of the Gulf Coast's unique environment, which has given Louisiana an increased need for qualified scientists to find protection solutions. LSU hopes to combine engineers with scientists to address problems that are not only specific to the Gulf Coast, but that can be applied to deltaic regions around the world. By creating the Coastal Engineering program, LSU looks to supply Louisiana with the knowledge to create engineering structures needed to protect the coast and sustain the natural processes critical to resilient delta landscapes.

ASCE is a professional organization representing more than 146,000 civil engineers. The oldest national engineering society in the United States, ASCE was founded in 1852. ASCE's goal is to facilitate the advancement of technology to enhance quality, knowledge, competitiveness, sustainability, and environmental stewardship, as well as to encourage and provide the tools for lifelong learning to aid members' continued growth throughout their careers. ASCE also aims to promote professionalism and the profession throughout society, to enhance the stature of civil engineers and to influence public policy. ASCE looks to develop and support civil engineer leaders to broaden members' perspectives, enhance their career growth, and promote the public interest. ASCE advocates infrastructure and environmental stewardship to protect the public health and safety and improve quality of life.

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Article by Matthew Teller, LSU College of Engineering, 225-578-5706, mlavall@lsu.edu

 



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